The Strange Adventures of John Percival


Short Fiction

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The Story

John Percival, though at present only a clerk in his uncle's Edinburgh bank, is looked to as his uncle's probable heir. As he learns banking from the ground up he is sent on a year's assignment to the business's branch in Duntrum. Even before arriving he is caught up in a matter indirectly affecting the bank, when he encounters a strange old lady with toothache - who robs the mail off the coach! Later during a lively social winter in Duntrum, John meets a witty girl who may hold the key to the mystery.

Biographical and other notes

The fictional town of Duntrum appears to be based on the town of Dumfries.

British publishing information

Periodical:   Chambers's Journal   2-30 May 1896

Series and Themes

Male central character
Tales of Scotland
Theft, forgery, embezzlement

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